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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 12 December

Before we commence, to summarise (for those who missed their daily treat yesterday), day 11 featured Mumsent founder Justine Roberts who thought her business plan was worthless , the best and worst high street shops and how India’s election results made an impact on British business.

News: Tech entrepreneurs storm up the Rich List

While the usual suspects in property, retail and finance continue to dominate, the Sunday Times Rich List revealed the growing wealth of Britain’s digital entrepreneurs. Among them was Neil Hutchinson, founder of TrafficBroker and now an investor in web companies including uSwitch, who saw his wealth increase from an estimated 178m to 586m, ranking him 176th.

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News: Britain needs more risk takers, says Links founder

Annoushka Ducas, one of the country’s top fine jewellery designers, tells Real Business what makes her mad in business today: Not enough people willing to take the risk and try something new, and a lack of what I consider a proper work ethic; nothing comes without really hard work and dedication.”

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Opinion: Made in Britain: Why British manufacturing adds value

The sudden demand for all things Made in Britain has created no less than a boom in British manufacturing, which has conspired to drive UK clothing brands to produce locally, or bring outsourced manufacturing back to the UK. And now, years later, businesses in the UK are both realising and profiting from the advantages of manufacturing in the UK and Made in Britain is back in vogue.

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Surreal Business: Top digital media influencers under 30

These eight social media gurus are dominating their industry, valued by a close knit community and who above all know their niche and their audience. From SBTV Jamal Edwards to editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine Tavi Gevinson, what is clearly evident is that they all took the world by storm mostly though YouTube!

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